Guys, thanks for all your kind words. Yesterday afternoon the buyer came to home with his mom (the buyer is about 45yrs old) and collected full balance, all documentation done. Explained to him clearly the list of parts replaced in recent times and that these @ no cost will need a replacement. Also showed him the easy way to start a carb car (fuel dump method - press the accelarator pedal thrice and then crank once) also checked most nuts and bolts etc, wiped the car clean and brushed the carpets once again. Covered the car with blanket as it was too hot in afternoon and the old lady might feel very uncomfortable while sitting in car.
I have stripped the car of all ICE & wheel spanner and jack. Explained the same to the buyer and insisted him to buy new wheel jack and spanner kit asap
The person drove the car away, while I stood till it disappeared into a cross at the end of the road. Ever since I am hooked on to OLX, Cartrade, Quikr etc yet to find a good car. I have hardly slept for 5hrs in last 3days. THIS IS WHAT YOU GO THROUGH - NO MATTER HOW HONEST YOU ARE!(read below)
The owner texts me at 9.19pm saying that "Hello Mr Anand We drive the car for some 8 to 10kms there is a problem in clutch & gearbox, my mother is little upset plz if you can come tomorrow afternoon to the mechanic plz help me out my mother trusted me a lot"
I really felt very bad seeing words like clutch and gearbox in the text, called up the buyer and asked him to meet at a common point immediately and I test drove the car, 2 simple issues -
1. He had pushed the floor mat so hard that 50% of it is under the pedals, none of pedals are moving.
2. Choke cable adjuster was a bit lose, hence increasing RPM, he had unnecessarily operated it. Choke is required only in mornings. In fact in my car I have never used it till date, just do the fuel dump thing and drive the car.
Explained the same and used a 10size spanner and fixed it, I told him not to come to conclusions straight away and type things like "problem in clutch and gearbox". He felt a bit embarrased, yet he could not digest the fact that I came @ 10pm night and fixed it for him. I told him the amount of money spent in the car and asked him to read that list once again. Asked them to relax and went back home.
I told him not to doubt every inch of the car, instead start loving it, you will have peace of mind. For 55K
he got way more than he can get anywhere else.
A short list of things which are still as good as brand new
1. Front suspension
2. Rear gas dampers
3. Battery - 1.5yrs old
4. Carburator - only 1yr old
5. clutch, speedo, accelerator cables
6. Radiator - 2000kms since replaced
7. Headlamps still good
8. 4new mrf tyres - only about 8k used - not a single puncture till date
9. New carpet - MGP - 750/- on the day of delivery, just so that he feels good about it.
10. Brake booster and rear brakes shoes too are new.
A rebuilt engine and fair amount of paint still left and decent enough for anyone to use.
I even put 300/- worth fuel just before handing over the car. Total fuel left in car was enough to drive about 100 to 110kms
Despite all this, the buyer hardly had a smile throughout the conversations. I priced it pretty low, so that it can go away from me, as I simply cant live with the thoughts of seeing people test drive it everyday.
I am currently looking for a used Santro type 1 or a WagonR type 1 or 2 for approx 1 - 1.3lakhs. Please do refer any Bangalore vehicles if you know.
Thank you so much for all the support and encouragement.